We finished off the sorting pens here in Rock River, Wyo., this weekend, and we’re moving on to other projects around the ranch today. Check out how this worked out–these guard rails and railroad ties make these some of the toughest pens we’ve ever done. We hanged our custom gates that are easy to operate horseback, and we narrowed the alleyway to simplify the sorting process.
In case you’ve not been following our work too closely, here’s the before and after:
We’ve still got a few days worth of work to maximize the functionality around here–we’ll be installing a doctoring shack and a catwalk along the chutes, as well as some other odds and ends we’ll show you when we’re finished.
We just got home from Rock River, Wyo., where we’ve been doing some Ranch Rehab for Snowy Range Livestock. The customers requested we repurpose materials stacked for years around the ranch, and so we spent some time gathering railroad ties and guard rails from around the massive ranch to rebuild sorting pens and an alleyway where the team here will eventually work more pairs than most hands would know what to do with.
Posts and railroad ties set for sorting pens.
The pens are starting to take shape.
The guard-rail and railroad-tie pens will make sorting horseback significantly easier and will hold up to the major wear and tear cattle can place on a facility like this.
Railroad ties are some of the sturdiest posts possible to install, and we used our Kencove Post Driver to get them deep into the sandy Wyoming soil.
We’re narrowing the alleyway in the pens to making sorting horseback much easier.
Now that we’ve got the dozens and dozens of posts set and everything measured off, we’re home building the custom gates for the project. For all of the work we do, we prefer to build our own gates so that each one is measured correctly to the fraction of an inch. The pipe we’re using for this job is the heaviest we offer–because this many mama cows can be tough on any fencing.
My dad, Brent, is my right-hand man and is getting really, really good at building gates and all that entails.
We also built a lead-up alley and hooked it up to an existing chute that’s in great working condition to make doctoring and preg-checking easier.
Check back next week for more on our progress in beautiful Rock River, Wyo.
We’re spending the week in Rock River, Wyo., helping rejuvenate a ranch to modernize the cattle operation. This is a more creative project–we aren’t using new pipe or continuous fence, we’re repurposing materials that have been on that ranch for decades to make modern sorting pens and alleyways. It’s an honor and a privilege to help these families with this property because it’s really something special. We could spend days just exploring the barns and pens, finding little bits of Western history along the way. Plus, it’s great to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Front Range for a few days–the silence is golden here in Rock River.
We’ve got three skid steers running clearing out weeds and debris in the future sorting pens.
In just a few days this will be ready to sort hundreds of pairs.
Some weathered barn wood ready to salvage from the old corrals.
Sometimes, when we’re working on a fencing project, the homeowner will come outside to chat with us about what else they’re planning to do on their property. Such was the case last week when one property owner came to talk about the renovations and improvements they’ve been planning on their barn–and it just so happened we had some spare time that evening to help them with their work.
We went home after working on their entryway with some antique tractor seats the customer had picked up, and we began building some seating for around their barn. We used discs from a plow to create the base and some pipe we had laying around the shop to create a rustic yet polished look for around the barn.
When we were finished, we built some rope holders because God knows we love an organized tack room.
This was a fun way to improve these great customers’ facilities. Don’t be afraid to ask if you’ve got a lingering project around your place–we’d love to help and we don’t mind working in the shop after hours to help you out. Dream BIG because there’s a lot more we can do and we love a challenge.
We’ve been rocking and rolling on dozens of projects from Castle Rock, Colo., to Laramie, Wyo., and all over Northern Colorado! The friends who’ve reached out to us for our services have been vital in starting and growing our business. Here are some snapshots from our work on the Front Range.
Horse runs with continuous fencing and top rail in Berthoud, Colo.
Alleyway with attached runs, built with continuous fencing and top rail in Fort Lupton, Colo.
Custom entrance gate in Eaton, Colo.
Custom entryway in Wellington, Colo.
Privacy fence in Fort Collins, Colo.
Emergency barbwire repair in Fort Lupton, Colo., following a car wreck.
All-pipe runs in Fort Lupton, Colo.